Five years after her Sudoku Killer band’s debut, doublebass player and composer Caterina Palazzi is back with new album "Infanticide" (released byAuand Records), and a 50-date tour in Italy, Norway, and the U.S.
This provocative, unconventional work recalls such a milestone as "Incesticide". An intentionally strong title inspired by Nirvana, both musically and emotionally. In Caterina Palazzi's own words, Infanticide «is meant as a virtual murder of the childhood vision of the world, with the good guys as winners and the bad guys as surrenders.» It's the loss of pure, playful ingenuity, that makes room for a troubled, often bitter maturity. All this reflects into the album deeply electric, breath-taking tracks.
Compared to her previous work with the same band, this album seems to be set in a North European soundscape, and the quartet members' background arises in a delightful mix of jazz, psychedelic rock and experimental music.
As a sort of inner tradition, the second work title anticipates what’s next: the third album will focus on the bad guys in Disney movies. An eternal "flash forward", started with "Sudoku Killer" – with both its literature-inspired characters and a title that anticipated this second album, the first work was inspired by the popular Japanese logic game, whose conceptual rules can be easily found in "Infanticide."
Caterina Palazzi has filled all of her five tracks (four of them being made of three parts) with electronic effects – notably Giacomo Ancillotto's distorted guitars and Antonio Raia's sax experimental approach, besides the leader's own bass lines and Maurizio Chiavaro's drumming. Skillfully handling her jazz sensibility, as well as post-rock, noise and film music, Caterina Palazzi's gift as an (award-winning) composer is more and more evident, and totally aimed at finding new music paths.
"Infanticide is perhaps the most modern, uncanny, night, north-European, open and sexy we can expect from the Italian jazz today. It's not jazz, not rock, but a small Opera razor sharp. A short feature music for restless souls "
"Infanticide is exciting, a tangible tension and threatening (exemplary Futoshiki), the five long pieces run off that is a pleasure, about the safety of the quartet and a strong idea that makes the blood work and visionary"
"Listening is scary and wonderful. Sounds seventies intersect with noises that go far beyond the presente. It's darkness and light research, despair and search of hope. A band that is going to face, leading a tour world. A band that is a credit to Italian music "
"Sensational synthesis of free jazz, prog, noise rock, psychedelia and atmospheres soundtrack 70s, Infanticide (all instrumental) overflowing with ideas and, between outbursts abrasive and melodic moments to catch his breath, is a candidate as of now among the best work year "
"aggressive, sweet, desperate. A hard disk but able to give much"
"Finally in the Italian appears a hard angry and anxious"
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"Five violent traces where jazz lives with psychedelia, post-rock, the noise artists and experimental music"